FROM Mary McNamara
TV Roundup: Super Bowl Edition Beyonce performed during the Super Bowl half-time show yesterday – but she didn’t just sing. She also got political. This week in our regular Monday television roundup, we talk about the biggest day in sports and television.
Monday Night Emmys The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is tonight at 5. It’s the first time in decades that the event is held on any day other than a Sunday. Up for awards this year: old favorites like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Big Bang Theory. But can an upstart like Orange is the New Black or Silicon Valley take home the prize? Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston, and Aaron Paul in Emmy Promo Video: “Barely Legal Pawn”
Reality Hits Hollywood in More Ways than One Network and Cable TV used to be totally separate worlds. Now NBC is part of the same company as USA, Bravo and Sci-Fi—and Viacom owns both CBS and Showtime. Both networks are now looking to cable to help fill prime time.
Studios Try to Influence Oscar Voters Tomorrow's the last day of voting for this year's Oscars , which will be given out Sunday. In an attempt to curtail campaign spending, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has shortened the season between nominations and Oscar night. Has it worked? What is the role of the Internet? Film critics? Are certain genres more likely to win than others? We hear the latest buzz from Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times and Peter Rainer, film critic for the Christian Science Monitor and president of the National Society of Film Critics.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.